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Re: DMA is turned off on my HDD

> In the beginning of July I reinstall my Debian system (lenny). At once I
> discover that loading cache in Aptitude (ncurses-UI mode) is very slow
> and in general my system is very slow.
> In several days I discovered that DMA is turned off on my HDD (fsck
> sayed it while Debian booting). Please, help me turn on DMA mode.
> I had scanned my hdd with native WD scanner and hadn't detected any
> error. Memory scan (memtest86+) also hadn't detected any error.
> Moreover, Windows XP on another partition of this hdd working normally
> and HDD Health program on it (for S.M.A.R.T viewing) don't predict
> T.E.C. in the near future. Also after previous installation of Debian
> lenny my hdd was working fast.

Use hdparm command to see if the DMS is enabled, if not enable it with the -d flag. If that action makes your system "faster" configure /etc/hdparm.conf to 
enable the DMA on boot.

Hope it helps,

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